Expat families enjoy growing number of Asian theme parks

Published:  19 Apr at 6 PM
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Asia’s burgeoning theme parks craze is helping expat families by providing an ever wider choice of entertainment for kids of all ages.

The number of theme parks scattered across Asian expat destinations has been growing exponentially due to the booming economies of the region. Families based in Asia are taking full advantage of the craze as it avoids expensive trips to Orlando to keep the children happy.

Hong Kong’s Disneyland and its famous Ocean Park have been established for several years now, with the former just edging into profit as it attracts more and more visitors. An exciting new project in Shanghai will see the Disney theme introduced in mainland China for the first time, opening in 2015 with a Disneyland, 11 acres of green space and two themed hotels.

Never backward in coming forward, Hong Kong is fighting back with a massive expansion to both Ocean Park and Disneyland expected to cost hundreds of millions. Malaysia’s Legoland, opened just eight months ago, is due for a hotel and waterpark on its site to add to its already successful presence.

Singapore and Malaysia are popular expat worker destination, with parents more than happy about the new developments. According to one mother of three now living in Singapore, beach resorts such as Phuket, Penang and Bali are conveniently close, but theme park development will appeal strongly to parents with younger children.

Universal Studios are cashing in on increasing demand in South Korea, with its fifth theme park due to open in 2014, and smaller theme parks are springing up like mushrooms, adding to the country’s existing attractions. Financing is often taken care of by cash-rich Asian governments fully aware of the positive effect on tourism of a Disneyland or other well-known theme park.
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